Marzio Fatucchi is a journalist for the Corriere Fiorentino, a local branch of Corriere Della Sera one of the main newspapers in Italy. Why do we get attracted to fairytales instead of fact-based information? With scenes of army trucks taking 250 coffins out of Bergamo, how badly was Italy affected by the pandemic? Matteo Bergamini talks to Marzio about the importance of local journalism, the difficulty of reporting during the height of the pandemic, and the domino effect of how Covid-19 spread across Italy. Marzio also gives you his top tips for ensuring you don’t get caught out by misinformation, always remember: Keep calm and verify.

Media Minded explores the bizarre world of misinformation and conspiracies, with interviews from the journalists tasked with fighting them. Each episode focuses on accounts from the journalist being interviewed. Listen to first-hand experience working in the fast-moving world of breaking news and hear in-depth accounts of investigations into disinformation campaigns.

Presented by Matteo Bergamini
Edited and recorded by Sabina Mckenzie Brown.

This podcast is made possible thanks to the kind support and sponsorship of the US embassy in London and the global engagement centre at the US state department.